We wandered up to Noosa North Shore a few weekends ago, we had been thinking about it for a while but there wasn’t much info about it, but then heard from some friends had been there and really liked it! We are mostly mountain people but a diversion to the beach isn’t so back, except for the sand that gets into everything. Summer is well and truly over and so the grounds are gone. Chilly nights and sunny days were all part of the majic. Its an easy drive from Brisbane, a little ferry ride gets us there to almost beach based campsite on unpowered sites (powered sites seem to attract the bogans for some reason).
Anyways a nice weekend free camping in the large open area ()rather than amongst the Mulga (err Melaluka trees a bit further back).
We opted to camp right close the the beach, it meant its was a bit windy and we were also hit by some rain, but the views early morning were worth it. plenty of time to dig in the sand, collect pumice and other goodies (for show and tell at school) and muck about in the water
Note to self, get some more sand pegs for beach camping, though i found a 3” bit of poly pipe I could bang into the sand for one anchor and buried a stick (dead mans anchor ‘alpine’ style) as well.
Not many photos to show, well we took plenty, but some under 10 yrs old was deleting them we suspect 😦
On the way back home we summitted Mt. Timberwah for some lovely views of Noosa, lake Macdonald etc..
After far to much time in my youth spent in the Mt Barney region, this last weekend we got to share it with the next generation. Mr 4 and Mr 6 had an awesome time and the rain , if anything helped! While a summit challenge wasn’t in the offering, there was plenty of time to chase cows, walk in the rain, build dam the Logan river (ease up environmentalists its more of a creek up here) and then to explore the Yellowpinch region with its various pools and cascades.
Is lugging water driving you crazy? is fitting the little taps to the bottom and not losing the plug or knocking off the tap a bit maddening? We grabbed a caravan pump and a little clear hose to make life a bit easier. The biggest expense is having a hole saw bit and don’t forget to drill the breather hole
We have been all kinds of stuff including old milk crates to cart our food around camping for ages. (When i say old, the company that made them went out of business a decade ago). Our trusty gal toolbox has been a mainstay for over a decade but with two more mouths to feed we are using more boxes than ever. So the milk crates are getting more of a workout…but are not quite up to the job
I saw on Luke’s drifta site the lids on his tucker box ( inspired by the railway fettler boxes). A bit of ply, some piano hinge and some decking oil and we were away. They make great temporary seats, the lit makes a temporary shelf and they are nice and light and easy to pack.
Addendum, have added some chicken wire to the inside – we got sick of having to hang the boxes from a tree to stop the goanna’s/ marsupial mice and possums having a party at ours each night. Yikes what happened to those images….
So we have been interested in a camping trailer for a bit and ponied up and hired a trailer tent from Johonnos campers Brisbane out on the bayside and took it down to Darlington park for a long weekend. Well it was pretty easy to setup and we could see how it might be setup even quicker – especially once you know where you want everything to go. I think though the real advantage is in saving on all the double handling of camping gear. You know get the bedding out of the car, setup the tent , put the bedding in the tent, and then the reverse when you leave. Its easy to see how how with a camper trailer you just setup the tent and the rest is all there. Same too for cooking when the kitchen is all setup. Verdict, we like the camper trailer but $10k is a reasonably big investment to make
Having tried a camper trailer (thanks to the guys at Johnnos campers) and baulking a little at the investment we borrowed our neighbours box trailer and loaded it up instead. Half the attraction of a camper trailer is the fold out tent, the other half is there is lots of room in the trailer for all the stuff a young family might need. So we headed out to the darling downs for 10 days, a bit over a week. Along the way we camped at Best brook mountain resort. There is tons of stuff to do here for the kids (being a farm stay) and lots of room to spread out as well. Next up we headed to Girraween, though decided to stay at Sommerville Valley on Storm King dam instead of Girraween – and great decision as its not nearly as crowded and very nice accommodations too.
After quite some hiatus from camping, its time to start doing it some more, why the time out? well we spend some time getting the next generation ready! here’s some pics from long ago, new ones with family coming soon
First time up took about 50mins, including some help?? from Mr 3 and a quick tech support call/chat with the neighbour. I was able to assemble the tent on my own (which is important at the moment). the tent is built around assembling first a central dome and then the bedrooms and awning out the front goes up next. The dome consists of 2 crossed fibreglass poles. The first one can be inserted and laid out flat and then as the second on is inserted it gradually stands up.
Sought advice on quality of the oztrail online and instores, all agree that they are the same, however oztrails seem to have less quality control so pretty much when you put it up you know if you have a good one or a bad one…seems we got a bad one with the floor having a delamination in one sport, the beveling on the fibre glass poles was sloppy and the fibegralls might catch on the sleev and lead to pole breakage down the track, also some of the reinforcing stitching was a bit close (over) the material it was supposed to join
I had a good at assembling a friends oztrail sportiva (a forerunner of the villa) as well as my sisters Coleman chalet CV9 XL which are both similar tents. Asking around my friends it seems this size of tent is the way to go for 2 adults+2kids (or more) as something that is ideal for a multi night stay. we looked at a lot of tents online and in shops varying from two room, quick pitch including the black wolf tents (pricy quick pitch and apparently very hot), coleman (good quality but didn’t have the sewn-in awning), oz trail and variants sold through BCF brand. Lookedat heaps of others liek the DMH and a few others at anaconda but didn’t quite tick the boxes.
Who to buy from?
Fund you can get the tent a bit cheaper online but in the end went for a local store because of the service and ease of sorting out any problems. Seems it was a good decision c’cause we are taking this one back for an exchange. Thanks Tent world, Windsor. They also let us play with the tents i.e. have take them up and down (we went mid week when there was time to talk and do this kind of thing)